Corporate Events

Top Tips For Coordinating An Internal Event

Posted: Jan 18, 2016 by

A wide range of different departments and experts can coordinate meetings and events. For example, coordinating an internal event at one company may mean an entire events department handles it but at another company, a sole administrative person may be assigned the job. The job assignment can vary depending on resources and the scale of the internal event but if it falls to you, you will need to know how to pull it off without a hitch. Whether this is your first time coordinating an internal event or you are an old pro looking for some tips and refreshers, we have compiled the basics to make sure you are covered for your next event. A Great Venue Goes A Long… Read more »

Can The Good Meeting Ideas Please Stand Up?

Posted: Oct 19, 2015 by

  Remember how video killed the radio star? It wasn’t quite true but the idea gave us all pause to consider what innovations caused the replacement or reinvention of previously accepted ways of doing things. However, somehow in the world of company meetings and events, few major disruptions have occurred to “kill the radio star” in standard meetings. This probably isn’t a surprise to you if you’ve spent any time behind the walls of most companies. A boring meeting or event is pretty much par for the course in typical situations. But does it have to be this way? We think not–and today we’re asking “Can The Good Meeting Ideas Please Stand Up?” (And save us all!) What Is A… Read more »

How to Prepare For a Music Team Building Event

Posted: Oct 12, 2015 by

  So you took the plunge and scheduled a music team building event for your group. First, congratulations–you will not be disappointed. Music team building events are exciting, fun and entertaining. We have yet to see a group not take away great memories and improved team dynamics. They’re really that awesome! However, if this is your first time having this type of event, we realize it can be a little intimidating. What should you expect? How do you prepare? Well, fear not music team building event newbie–we have you covered! Relax The most common concern new event attendees have is anxiety about performing in front of their peers. Especially for those who have relegated all singing activity to their car… Read more »

The Recipe For a Perfect Team Building Event

Posted: Oct 9, 2015 by

Ever wonder what it takes to put together the perfect team building event? We put together our tried-and-true recipe for you! (We especially recommend sourcing the best professional songwriter-facilitators, aka, our “secret sauce”)

5 Ways To Amplify An Introvert’s Voice

Posted: Sep 25, 2015 by

It can be easy to forget an introvert in the room. Those that don’t raise their hands, jump up in protest or appreciation, or carry the charge into the fray. However, physical silence does not correlate to complete silence–the fact is most of your introverts have just as much to say as your extroverts. The great challenge, however, is to find ways to bring your introvert voices into the conversation without force or making them feel uncomfortable. 1 – Break Large Groups Into Focus Groups Are your meetings often on the large side? Even with groups of just 10 or more, introverts can start to fade into the background. Make a point to break up your meetings into focus sessions–and… Read more »

Innovation Management

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 by

The practice of creativity and innovation management should be closely linked. But too often they’re not. Too often, organizations create innovation management teams but they don’t empower them with the culture, freedom or confidence to engage in creative play, to experiment and fail. I recently spoke with a client who said his team was hampered by the proof they had to submit, before even engaging in new product ideation. As a life long hit songwriter and pianist I’m always aware that for every success I have, there will be many more ideas discarded. Companies need to keep that in mind too! Create a Culture for Innovation Management Failure – Failure is a great thing. It means your team is trying… Read more »

Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Posted: Jun 22, 2015 by

Why should you step out of your comfort zone? After all, there’s nothing wrong with being comfortable. But usually, to innovate, to change or to grow you’ll have to step out of your comfort zone. Even for creative types like me, it’s not always easy to try something new. It involves risk and triggers fear of failure. Innovative companies know that part of innovating is experimentation. In order to be a truly innovative organization you should have a company culture that supports experimentation, play, open discussion and using trial and error, without judging the error to harshly. When I work with clients to help them harness their creative abilities, I share a concept I call ROInspiration®. It’s a way of… Read more »

Elite Teams and the Value of Team Building

Posted: May 1, 2015 by

Below is a guest post from Lawrence Polsky, Co-Founder of Teams Of Distinction. Conventional wisdom holds that weak teams are the ideal candidates for team building exercises and programs. But paradoxically, it is actually exceptional teams that may benefit the most from this. How can that be? Why Elite Teams Reject Team Building, But Are Its Best Candidates Think of two groups of golfers. One is composed of beginners and the other of experts. They each get a training session. The former will learn some of the basics but the latter have the real opportunity to achieve a real breakthrough. They don’t have to dwell on the basics. The best players are focused on small adjustments to their game –… Read more »

Importance Of Team Building

Posted: Mar 18, 2015 by

When potential clients ask me about the importance of team building, I usually answer with a few questions. What is the importance of corporate culture? Is your workforce engaged? Should you care? Yes, you should care about culture and engagement. Members of high performing teams need to feel that their work is important, that their work contributes to a greater whole and that there’s company vision driving the day-to-day work. When employees believe their work has value – meaning – context, then they’re more likely to feel engaged and more closely connected as part of a team. Recognizing the importance of team building is integral as part of an overall effort to improve culture and engagement. Highlight The Importance of… Read more »

Team Building Detroit

Posted: Mar 13, 2015 by

Music and the Motor City go hand in hand. So it’s a natural fit when we get to facilitate our team building Detroit program. We recently led the sales team for our client, Logicalis, through an interactive musical program that included two hundred and fifty people sharing ideas to create a song about the work they do. Here’s how it works. Our Client’s Goals Provide an activity that enables everyone to interact and have fun together Utilize the talents of our client’s musical employees Reinforce the conference theme of transformation There’s real value in taking time to have fun as a team. It boosts a sense of belonging and increases engagement. At our team building Detroit event, everyone in the… Read more »